Wheatstone bridge


Wheat·​stone bridge ˈ(h)wēt-ˌstōn- How to pronounce Wheatstone bridge (audio)
 chiefly British  -stən-
: an electrical bridge consisting of two branches of a parallel circuit joined by a galvanometer and used for determining the value of an unknown resistance in one of the branches

Word History


after Sir Charles wheatstone

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Wheatstone bridge was in 1872

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“Wheatstone bridge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wheatstone%20bridge. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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Wheatstone bridge

Wheat·​stone bridge
ˌhwēt-ˌstōn-, ˌwēt-, chiefly British -stən-
: a bridge for measuring electrical resistances that consists of a conductor joining two branches of a circuit

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